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Norman Holland’s essay on Jude the Obscure has a paragraph about the significance of the names of the major characters in the novel: In the novel as a whole, the principal complex of images is that of Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious imagery. […] The names of the characters form an important part of this religious imagery. Jude is, most immediately, ...


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At least by implication, yes. Twice, in conversation with Tess, Alec refers to himself as a "sham" d'Urberville: “If you are a genuine d’Urberville I ought not to tell you either, I suppose. As for me, I’m a sham one, so it doesn’t matter. It is rather dismal. It is that this sound of a non-existent coach can only be heard by one of d’Urberville ...


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In the General Preface to the so-called Wessex Edition of his complete works, published in 1912. Said preface is reproduced here and begins as follows (emphasis mine): In accepting a proposal for a definitive edition of these productions in prose and verse I have found an opportunity of classifying the novels under heads that show approximately the author’s ...


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Neither Rhoda nor Gertrude is presented entirely negatively. Nor is either presented entirely positively. All Hardy's characters are fully drawn individuals who, like most people in real life, are a mixture of good and bad. Rhoda, for instance, is portrayed sympathetically as the jilted woman. Farmer Lodge has fathered her child but refused to marry her. She ...


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TL;DR: you're getting the wrong meaning of "obscure". You seem to be assuming that "obscure" means something like "strange" or "difficult to understand", but the more common (in my experience) meaning of the word is something more like "unknown" or "not famous". Indeed, the Cambridge English ...


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Jude's father and Sue's mother were siblings. The Aunt who raised Jude was his maiden great-aunt. It's easy to miss, but the very first mention of Sue, long before she became a major character, was way back in Chapter 2 when Jude's Aunt Drusilla mentioned her as his cousin: “I’m sure he couldn’t ha’ took a better one. The boy is crazy for books, that he is. ...


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